Stroke -Your score at each hole is entered on the scorecard, totaled and your full handicap deducted.
The winner is the player who completes the round in the lowest number of strokes
Par – Your par for each hole is determined by your handicap and the Par/Stableford hole index. For example, if you receive a stroke on a Par 4, then your par for that hole is 5. If you have two strokes on a par 5 then your par for that hole is 7, etc.
If you better your par, you score a win (+), if your par is equaled, you score a half (o) and if your par is exceeded, you score is a loss (-).
At the end of the round, the halves score as a zero and the losses are subtracted from the wins, giving your overall score. For example, if you had 7 wins, 2 losses and 9 halves, your score would be +5. You can score zero or a negative amount e.g. –3. The winner is the player with the highest total Par score.
Stableford – Your par for each hole is determined as above. Points are awarded at each hole, depending on your score in relation to your par.
For more than 1 over your par, score 0 points
For 1 over your par, score 1 point
For equaling your par, score 2 points
For 1 under your par, score 3 points
For 2 under your par, score 4 points
For 3 under your par, score 5 points, etc.
The winner is the player with the highest number of points for the whole round, for example 44 points
American Foursomes (Pinehurst)– Both players play their tee shot, and then play a second stroke with their partner’s ball. One ball is then selected, the owner of that ball plays the third stroke, then players alternate until the ball is holed out. Handicap is 3/8 of the combined total.
Eclectic – Competitors play in a number of prescribed rounds, and the eclectic score is the lowest score obtained at each hole of these rounds.
Ambrose – Teams may be 2, 3, or 4 players. Each player plays their own ball from the tee, and the best positioned ball is taken. Other players pick up their ball and play their next shot from the same position, continuing until a ball is holed out.
Handicaps are calculated as
- 1/8 of the aggregate for a 4 person team
- 1/6 of the aggregate for a 3 person team
- 1/4 of the aggregate for a 2 person team.
Foursomes – You play as the partner of another player, but use only one ball. Partners tee off alternatively from each tee, and during the play of each hole. Scoring is done as per a Stroke round. Half the aggregate handicap of you and your partner is subtracted from the total score.
Mixed Foursomes – Played the same as foursomes, except lady members use their own tees.
Canadian Foursomes – As per foursomes, except each team member hits their own ball from the tee.
They then continue with whichever ball they nominate. Handicap is 3/8 of the combined total.
4BBB (Four Ball Better Ball) – You play as a partner of another player. On each hole, the better score of you or your partner is counted. If the scores are equal, the score of the first to hole out is taken. 4BBB can be played as a Stroke, Par or Stableford event. The “Four Ball” comes from the group of four (two teams of two players) that play together. Scores should be recorded in a column for each player, so that the card can be checked at the end of the round.